My approach to hairdressing is grounded in making as little negative, and as much positive impact on the environment as possible.
I exclusively use manual tools i.e. scissors, manual clippers, combs, clips, water spray. I don’t use a hairdryer, nor electrical clippers, tongs, etc.
I treat hair exclusively with locally sourced pure plant products such as Wild Sweet William and Nettle.
I love to read about historical and social aspects of hairdressing.
Above all, I love to listen to you, and to figure out your best hairstyle.
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From The Power of Habit
“Foaming is a huge reward,” said Sinclair, the brand manager. “Shampoo doesn’t have to foam, but we add foaming chemicals because people expect it each time they wash their hair. Same thing with laundry detergent. And toothpaste—now every company adds sodium laureth sulfate to make toothpaste foam more. There’s no cleaning benefit, but people feel better when there’s a bunch of suds around their mouth. Once the customer starts expecting that foam, the habit starts growing.”
Ah, yes, thanks @freedomseedbank! I’m wondering about harvesting the seeds from the ones you mentioned @RodSazio @organiclea … would that be possible?
— Simon McAndrew, Hairstylist (@SimonMcHairdrew) July 3, 2020
2 Comparison with a traditional salon.
3 What I’ll do
4 What I’ll ask of you
- If I was my client, I’d like to know what I’m doing in response to the pandemic. According to Working safely during COVID-19 in other people’s homes, because I am a sole trader I don’t have to write anything down as part of my risk assessment. None-the-less I have begun this assessment process and I’d like us to consider it before your booking. By thinking through how each visit is likely to take place, I have begun to identify appropriate practical and etiquette adjustments I can make in response to controlling the risk posed by the pandemic. I feel I have been cautious by going into this level of detail but perhaps you feel I could go further (eg. I could wear gloves). This is why I am keen to get your feedback and keep it updated for as long as it takes us to get familiar with what the longer term implications of COVID-19 are.
- Working for myself as a freelance independent hairstylist gives me a great deal of flexibility in who’s advice I take. I have focused on the government advice documents (below) because I have been dismayed at the commercial opportunism of official industry bodies having read through their various back-to-work guidance documents. No doubt this isn’t unique to the hairdressing industry.
- The opportunity to return to work refocused on the fragility of our environment is being missed and instead increased disposable waste and unnecessary gadgets and gizmos are being promoted. Gadgets, gizmos and waste which create a false sense of security and which in turn – I fear – will see basic measures slip. This poses significant short and long term risk, but those are somewhat out of the remit of my assessment here. I too am subject to them, for example I have decided to use paper gowns.
- At present my assessment is split into five sections. Whether you have special adjustments you’d like me to make or other comments or suggestions on any of this, I would very much appreciate your feedback via a private message or ideally in the comments section.
2 Comparison with a traditional salon
- With a traditional setup, multiple clients come to visit a salon where there are multiple workers. As illustrated by the black lines the increased risk of infection is clear.
- The way in which I work with a very small kit and visiting one client at time allows me to disinfect all my equipment thoroughly between clients.
- Being a cyclist, I do not travel on public transport and as I visit you, you don’t need to either.
- Furthermore visiting one client at a time and following up means that in the event of infection at any point, we will know exactly who else needs to be alerted.
The first thing I want you to know is that (although I can’t be certain – as there are no antibody tests at present) I’m sure I’ve had COVID-19 between February and March 2020. I’m behaving as if I had it and I’m aware it’s possible to get it again, so when I start cutting hair again, I will be taking precautions not to get or spread it.
In anticipation of early July’s lockdown easing I am currently preparing a risk assessment and will include details of further mitigating actions I’ll be taking in that.
I anticipate there will be mandatory use of face masks and I’m planning to clean all my tools more thoroughly between clients. I’ll probably request that clients provide their own gown, towel or covering to protect themselves from cuttings. I keep myself informed mainly via the uk government website directly but I also refer to the guidance provided by the fha, the nhbf and other industry bodies on a regular basis. If you have any special adjustments you’d like me to make for you I’d be happy to hear them.
1999 – Davis Mews, London.
1998 – Aldford Street, London.
Toni & Guy
National Vocational Qualifications L1 & 2
1997 – High Street, Guildford.
I began my career at 16 in 1997 training with Toni & Guy, John Frieda, and Vidal Sassoon.
Highlights early in my career included teaching in Aichi Beauty College in Nagoya, Japan. I’ve occasionally worked during London, Paris & Milan Fashion Week since 1999.
I’ve visited clients in Hotels, Workspaces and Homes in central London and Paris for almost 15 years.
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What do calls for rapid and deep change mean to you?
To me they sound ominous. But are they?
A couple of things happened recently which meant I needed to do something that – were I to tell you – would sound very unpleasant. However actually doing those things was beyond pleasant; they were rewarding, enriching even!
My point is this: I know it sounds like using Wild Sweet William* (Soapwort) to wash your hair instead of shampoo would be a bit of an ordeal, but in reality it was a fantastic experience.
To hopefully illustrate this, I made a video of myself and used the opportunity to do a little bit of science experiment! I had quite a drastic haircut halfway through the first part of the experiment, therefore I am going to restart it now that variable has changed! So, if only for posterity’s sake I’ll be uploading a video of me washing my hair with Wild Sweet William here soon.
I am going to be growing my first crop this year! More on that another time…